I believe in the empowering aspect of feedback. I think feedback allows any individual, particularly the leaders, to assess their performance against their perception of themselves.
I believe it is an ability to possess or develop to seek feedback, not everyone is capable of doing it, now either out of fear of being criticized or contempt.
I have always sought colleagues' and management's feedback and even though most of the time positive, I focus on the not so positive ones in order to shape my path more effectively. I know that is th perfectionist achiever in me in effect, preventing me to enjoy the positives and reprimanding me for the shortcomings.
Today I got a very interesting feedback from one of the perceived women leaders in the organization; that to seek input into your performance, especially as a woman, was a sign of insecurity and signaled the need for hand holding in the decision making process.
Even though I completely disagree with this comment, this was a contemplative input. That some leaders equate seeking advice to needing guidance rather than an opportunity to improve, gauge, and empower self to develop. I am going to pause on this for a while and revisit an old book in the mean time:
What Management Is by Joan Magretta